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Old 01-30-2014, 07:07 AM
 
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Something happened to me yesterday that really shocked me and I keep thinking about it.

While waiting in the doctors office, a family came in: mother & father approximately late 30s and their 2 teenagers. The mother walks up to the reception window. The secretary hands the woman the form to fill out and the woman says "I can't fill this out. We don't read." Pause... Secretary thinking what to say, says "Okay, fill out as much as you can and bring it back up." Woman takes form and sits down with her family. I don't hear their conversation as they are too far away speaking softly and the room is crowded, but shortly after, the woman brings the form to the window and says "We can't fill this out, we don't read." The secretary told her they would help her fill it out when they called her in.

Now, the family looked normal. None of them looked to be mentally disabled or have poor vision. They didn't speak with an accent or talk like people with learning disabilities might. Also, they didn't appear poor and this is not a poor area.

And I just have to wonder: how this is possible? Presumably the teenagers have had some schooling? A doctor form is pretty basic: name, address, birthdate, etc. It's not like the woman said "I will do the best I can, but I may need help." It was a blunt "We don't read."

So I ask, how common is this? Am I missing something here? It just doesn't seem possible in this day and age that a whole young family like this is unable to read enough to fill out a form.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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It's not common but it does exist. Somehow they manage via good memory and/or pictures, recognizing letter patterns for what they need to do.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:39 AM
 
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You came across an adult that is part of the 14% of U.S adults that can't read.

Illiteracy Statistics | Statistic Brain


You are also assuming that the kids goes to school.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:59 AM
 
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Can't read? Write P. O. Box 5100743, Washington, D.C., 20005, for help.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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My mom has low-literacy and is practically illiterate. It's a combination of parents who didn't speak English in the home and not going beyond the 9th grade (my grandparents did not believe in girls attending school). It's sad, but true. She's learning on her own now, but it's so hard for her. She reads to my kids and that is challenging enough for her.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Can't read? Write P. O. Box 5100743, Washington, D.C., 20005, for help.
Or dial 1-800-LITERACY on your smart phone.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:53 AM
 
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You came across an adult that is part of the 14% of U.S adults that can't read.

Illiteracy Statistics | Statistic Brain


You are also assuming that the kids goes to school.
Wow, thank you for posting the link.

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Percent of high school graduates who can’t read......19 %
How'd they graduate? Boy, am I out of touch!
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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Wow, thank you for posting the link.

Percent of high school graduates who can’t read19 %
How'd they graduate? Boy, am I out of touch!
Some of them receive accommodations during tests.
Accommodations can be an adult reading the story, the questions and the answers and then they fill in the circle on the scantron sheets.

If they fill in the right circles they PASS.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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Can't read? Write P. O. Box 5100743, Washington, D.C., 20005, for help.
Can a person write if they can't read?

Just wondering.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:58 AM
 
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Some of them receive accommodations during tests.
Accommodations can be an adult reading the story, the questions and the answers and then they fill in the circle on the scantron sheets.

If they fill in the right circles they PASS.
OMG, you've got to be kidding. We're not talking about blind people are we? That I could see (no pun), but not for someone with good vision. They should be required to read. What good is a high school diploma?
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